Helping to pave a way for a greener future

In a significant step towards sustainable energy solutions, the Gunsynd Solar project in Goondiwindi, Queensland, has taken a major step forward with Metis Energy announcing they are moving into the next phase of the project after green-lighting EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) Contractor PCL Construction to commence works.  


SMEC, appointed as Owner’s Engineer in 2022, will bring extensive expertise and experience to the project, having already assisted Metis Energy in the tender development and evaluation stages and with the EPC contract design review and construction management plan. SMEC will continue to provide crucial technical and design advice throughout the project’s lifecycle, remaining actively involved during the construction phase, offering technical support, monitoring activities on-site, conduct comprehensive on-site inspections and commissioning to ensure quality standards are met. 

"We are thrilled to support Metis Energy and PCL Constructions on this transformative endeavour," said Rob Hamilton, Regional Director, Renewables, ANZ at SMEC. "Our longstanding experience in renewables uniquely positions us to deliver sustainable solutions that will power communities and drive the transition to a regenerative future."

Once operational, Gunsynd Solar is poised to contribute to Queensland’s increasingly renewable energy landscape. With a capacity to produce up to 250 gigawatt hours annually, the project will abate approximately 150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, contributing substantially to the region’s sustainability efforts.   

Moreover, this solar project holds the potential to power up to 32,000 households in Queensland each year, offering tangible benefits to local communities. Beyond environmental considerations, the project is set to support the local and national economy, providing employment opportunities for up to 100 individuals at its peak.  

"This will serve as a cornerstone of Metis Energy’s expansion into the Australian renewable energy market, and we are pleased to have engaged SMEC and PCL Construction to deliver the project," said Tang Kin Fei, Executive Chairman & Interim CEO at Metis Energy. "Gunsynd Solar underscores our commitment to sustainability and enables us to play our part in the global energy transition."

The project’s progress is anticipated to have a ripple effect, fostering growth and development in the region while also creating opportunities for local businesses to thrive. With full operational readiness expected by late 2025, Gunsynd Solar represents a significant achievement in renewable energy infrastructure and a testament to global collaborative efforts driving Australia towards a sustainable future.